NHCC Challenges Stereotypes in New Art Exhibit

NHCC Challenges Stereotypes in New Art Exhibit

Permanent Collection Shows Diversity of Art Community

What defines Latino art?

That was the question Tey Marianna Nunn and Jadira Gurule set out to answer when they re-designed the “¡Aquí Estamos: The Heart of Arte!” exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

For the exhibit, Nunn, director of the Museum and Visual Arts Program, and curator Gurule, said they wanted to create an exhibit that recognized the diversity of the hispanic art world and created engaging community dialogue.

Seductions

“It’s really trying to dispel a singular notion of what being latino and hispano is,” Nunn said about the exhibit.. “So often it’s stereotyped and pigeonholed.”

Using a team of about a dozen, the duo selected 89 pieces by 52 local artists that will rotate through the exhibit.

Among the classics familiar to returning NHCC patrons are Eric J Garcia’s “Tamale Man Action Figure and Box,” Alfredo Arreguín’s “Chiwana: The Big River” and Ruben Trejo’s “Joaquín/Walking Sticks.” These will be presented alongside many lesser-known gems from New Mexican artists.

“One of the reasons why I fell in love with this museum…[is that] it’s reflective of that passion you can feel in the community. People are invested in what we do,” Gurule said

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Nita Kelly is a freelance reporter.

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